Santarém Off The Beaten Path

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    Train station complex

    by solopes Updated Aug 23, 2014

    The train station, located in a small village called Ribeira de Santarém, two or three kilometers out of town, is a beautiful building from 1927, recently classified as a public monument.

    In 1979 a secondary building ("Cocheira de carruagens") was transformed in a museum, displaying several engines, documents and crafts connected to the railroad operation and maintenance.

    For those travelling by train it is wise to reserve some more minutes to look around.

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    Roundabouts

    by solopes Updated Jul 10, 2014

    With the recent trend in all autarkies to build roundabouts wherever they can, Santarém couldn't stay out of it. The common decoration goes from a wild garden, you they may spend money to a fountain or statue if they may spend much more money.

    In Santarém the trend is... statues, some of them nice, and, for sure, meaning something that nobody cares to discover. This one, at the western entrance of town, has a legend dating 2001 with the name " I´m my own horse" created by "Santos Lopes".

    Pleasant spots... at a price.

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    Slopes

    by solopes Updated Jul 10, 2014

    Santarém stands atop a steep hill. the western incline has been softened with construction, with the city unfolding and growing in that direction. The eastern side, facing the river, maintains its abrupt look, with traditional houses and gardened areas filling the slopes.
    The descent to the river follows a narrow valley, covered by many high and very old trees.

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    CNEMA

    by solopes Updated Jul 10, 2014

    For many years the great event that it is our national fair of agriculture took place inside Santarém, in the area surrounding the bullring.
    It had a special feeling and ambiance, and though knowing nothing about agriculture, after discovering it in 1971, I always tried my best to visit it.
    Politics and the small area available moved the event out of town, to a wider area a few kilometers south of it. The area and the fixed installations got the name of the organization (CNEMA), and, to be honest, I only went there once.
    However, I like the inevitable statue in the roundabout placed to exit the freeway, a very happy representation of the "campinos" leading the bulls.

    Unbelievable!
    Several months ago I noticed that the statue was removed, for unknown reasons. Reading the blog "Meus caminhos Ribatejo" I realized that it was removed because some savages were stealing everything they could break, to sell in copper black market. Unbelievable, indeed!

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    Ribeira de Santarém

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    It's a rather common village, only a few kilometers from Santarém, by its railway station. But during the frequent flooding periods it becomes one of the centers of national attention, and the calm struggle of its population to face the blessed rising of the waters is a marvelous show.

    Fortunately they are so prepared for that event that, usually, there are no significant damages in the village.

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    João Moreira Street

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    I had the pleasure to be invited to Santarém to celebrate a friend of the world, and by coincidence... mine too. João Moreira, a professional bachelor now over 85, is at ease everywhere: with a tiny budget (one third of my small one) he went with me across Spain, France, Belgium, England in my first big trip, for a month. It's a small world, for him, hardly accommodating his heart. In my last birthday (he always phones me, failing just once in the last 30 years, because he couldn't do it from... Macau), he was arriving from Florida - almost blind... tight in diets, hardly walking, with a monthly pension hardly covering each month's needs in Portugal. But... friends! He has them everywhere.

    I will not resist to repeat the words of Harry, a dutch writer in love with Santarém, about João Moreira, in a bad Portuguese: "João Moreira very good person - he is always available to offer my bed to his friends"

    That's it. If you need a friend in Santarém... there's João Moreira. No one gets bored beside him!

    I keep visiting Santarém often now, thanks to... dance. João Moreira street is out of my beaten path, but João isn't.

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    A strange castle

    by salinhopt Updated Feb 20, 2004

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    In the midle of a bush in Santarem there is this Castle. Xipiti told it is Fonte das Figueiras and now is under restoring! :) He lives in Santarem town.

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